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Monkey ups Ollie Brack to head of programming, expands team

UK-based prodco Monkey, owned by NBCUniversal International Studios, has promoted executive producer Ollie Brack to head of alternative programming. Brack (pictured), based in Los Angeles, will report to managing director Samantha Lawrence ...
February 19, 2020

UK-based prodco Monkey, owned by NBCUniversal International Studios, has promoted executive producer Ollie Brack to head of alternative programming.

Brack (pictured), based in Los Angeles, will report to managing director Samantha Lawrence and creative directors William Macdonald and David Granger.

Tasked with building Monkey’s expansion in the U.S., Brack will build on existing relationships with NBC and its cable networks such as Bravo and E!, and other divisions including Peacock, Universal Television Alternative Studio and NBCUniversal Formats to create shows with global appeal.

Under his leadership, funded development is already underway for a new series. Brack will also work on finding fresh talent stateside and fostering new opportunities outside of the NBCUniversal family.

Since joining Monkey in 2013, Brack has been at the helm of a number of the company’s formats.

He co-created and produced the hybrid reality-quiz show The Question Jury for Channel 4, which has since been adapted for Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic. He also co-created and produced two seasons of the ITV2 hip-hop comedy show Don’t Hate the Playaz.

Brack joined Monkey from Talkback Thames, where he worked on entertainment, comedy and scripted programming including Sweat The Small Stuff (BBC3), Unzipped (BBC3) and Lemon Aid (ITV).

“This is a really exciting time for Monkey and I’m thrilled to be at the forefront of this venture. We already have some exciting prospects in the pipeline and being on the ground in LA will only add to our appeal with partners. This move will also truly embed us with our U.S. family and allow us to develop new and innovative formats for domestic and international markets and platforms,” Brack said in a statement.

The company has also bolstered its UK roster of executive producers with the appointments of Andy Charles Smith and Nazleen Karim.

Smith previously series produced Stand Up To Cancer and Naked Attraction for Channel 4, ITV’s Mel & Sue and Sky 1′s Got to Dance. He recently executive produced Monkey’s Miranda: My Such Fun Celebration special for BBC1, and is currently executive producing two talent-led pilots in the UK.

Karim joins Monkey from ITV’s The Only Way is Essex, having previously worked on BBC1′s Strictly Come Dancing and It Takes Two, as well as E4′s Body Fixers, ITV’s Surprise Surprise with Holly Willoughby and Sky 1′s Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model.

She now oversees long-running series Made in Chelsea, and miniseries spin-offs such as Made in Chelsea: Buenos Aires.

 

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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